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Monday, April 28, 2008

Andy's Short Break in Crete

You may have noticed there has been an absence of post in the blog the past few days and that is because I have been away. I want to first say a special thanks to Slots Helper and Slots VIP for keeping the site ticking along whilst I have been away.

So we got a great deal to go to crete for 5 nights and try out the brand new Sensatori Crete resort. So Me Lara, Mum and Tony (remember from Tony's Magical Mystery Tour) all went along. The resort in general was not finished, the staff were all very nice and friendly though and although we had troubles with leaking showers and jacuzzi baths we did get everything sorted out and had a great time, in what (when finished) I am sure will be a fab resort.

Crete is one of many Greek Islands in the mediterranean sea, it is both the biggest island and the most southern one, except for the little island of Gavdos. The Sensatori resort is in the small town / village of Anallipsi, but we also visited the popular holiday town of Hersonissos as well as the capital of the island Iraklio from where we got a coach to Knossos and learned about the ancient Minoan civilization.

So with our further a due here are some pictures of our little adventure. First up this is me and my beautiful wife Lara in the Hotel Bar.

Andy and Lara

Next another picture of me and Lara this time we are in Iraklio (which I was sure was called Iraklion when I was out there) and the castle in the background is actually an old Venetian Castle (the Venetians ruled Crete from 1204 to 1669).

Andy and Lara in front of a Venetian Castle

In this next image you can again see me and Lara this time we are in front of a really large pot which believe it or not was over 4000 years old! Yes you read that correctly those big pots each standing over 2 meters tall really are over four thousand years old and can been seen at the ancient Minoan Palace in Knossos. The Minoan Civilization is one of the oldest known in Europe and its disappearance still remains some what of a mystery to this day. The palace which the Minoan's built at Knossos had allot to boast about, for example they had build a pipe to bring water from a hill top some 12km away to the palace for drinking water, had over 2000 rooms and as far as we know never went to war, they were a totally peaceful civilization. One theory of how the civilization might have got wiped out (and almost certainly how the occupants of the palace did) was due to a serious of events. First there was an Earth Quake which it is believed caused a fire in the underground cellars that the Minoan's used to light up with oil lamps (that was very hi tech 4000 years ago), it is thought that this Earth Quake and Fire was then followed by a large Tidal Wave which is thought to have wiped out such a large percentage of the population that the civilization could no longer function. But like I said that is all just theory no one really knows for sure, either way it is a shame that such an advance civilization got wiped out it took many hundreds of years before man kind got back to that level of technology again.

I should add that in both the image above and the image below (both taken on the same day) I am wearing my chinese style suite which I bought in Hong Kong on my honeymoon, now at the beginning of the day Tony thought it right to poke fun at my chinese look (telling me I looked like something out of a Jackie Chan Movie) but by the end of the day the practicality of the outfit was becoming apparent to him and he actually said he would like one too.

Andy and Lara at Knossos

Lara was determined that she would have a paddle in the sea and so here she is doing just that.

Lara in the Sea

Whilst Lara and I took a walk on the beach (me on the sand and Lara in the Sea), Mum and Tony (see below) lounged around the pool side reading books and doing cross word puzzles and generally relaxing.

Mum and Tony in Crete

So now it is back to reality, and to be honest it is good to be back, I always enjoy coming home after any trip away. As always there is so much to do so I guess I had better stop going on about my holiday and start doing so actual work.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Jackpot City Make Over and Treasure Trail

If you have not looked at Jackpot City Casino for a while you will not have seen their new website make over, now I have to confess, as a slots player, I used to really like the flashing sky search lights, tall towers and general Las Vegas look and feel of the 'old' Jackpot City website. All of that said the new site is slick and does conform to a more modern professional look. Although I personally do wish they would have kept the old vegas style brightly colours logo, instead of changing it for again a much simpler (and admittedly nice looking) new one, that to me just looks like a little purple play button with words.

Another thing I find really annoying about the website is that it geo targets, what this means for any of you who may not heard of the term 'geo target' is that the site looks at your ip address to try to figure out where you are and then gives you a landing page which is in a currency and language which is relevant to that location. This may sound clever and indeed is, however I can inform you it does not work. It does not work for a very simple reason, ip address locations are not an exact science, I am in the UK (about 70 miles north of London) and yet when ever I visit this 'clever' geo targeting website, I get given offer in Euro's. Now as a Brit I don't have any Euro's, I buy things in Pounds and when I gamble online I tend to do that in Dollars and I like to be able to look at all the offers so I can take up the best one (some times casinos will give a better offer to people joining via their US sites and other times via their European or British sites). So this cyber second guessing does annoy me, in fact I would go as far as to say it is my pet hate. Please do not misunderstand me, I can see the benefits and in 'theory' geo targetting should be great for any site, but in practice it annoys more people than it helps (in my humble opinion) so if you ever go abroad and visit a site that would normally be in english and suddenly find it is not, you will have just fallen victim to geo targeting at work, any webmasters reading this, please please do yourself and your sites visitors a favour and put flags on the site so people can choose what they want to see and never ever have a script guess where they are from and what they want.

Ok so enough moaning, the casino is however great, clear and easy to understand and they still have all the same games, plus all the latest additions (yes that includes the very latest Tomb Raider Secrets of the Sword Slots Game and Hitman).

I see they also have a banner / promo thingy on their site in the bottom right hand corner of the page which has Lara Croft shooting and says, 'Join our Treasure Trail' It then goes on to say 'New Feature Slot' and finally 'Tomb Raider Secrets of the Sword'. Now the new game parts makes perfect sense to me, a great game, probably the best game of the year (although I will reserve judgment until the year is out). But it is the words 'Join our Treasure Trail' that intrigued me, I click on the flashy area and seem to land right back at the same page only a little grey box pops up wanting me to installed the casino. There is a banner I found which matches the promo area I put below click on it to visit Jackpot City's website.

So I installed the casino and had a look around, the casino lobby is a very nice take on the standard Microgaming look and I like the purple and white, with clean lines. But I could not for the life of me see anything else about this 'Treasure Trail'. So now I am on the trail, I want to know what the tease is about, me being me I know all the right kind of people, so I am going to find out and then I will post in hear and let you all know. If any of you figure out what it is before I do please do let me know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

New iSlot released AS the Reels Turn 3

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

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